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Oklahoma oil expo grows under new leadership

The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo is still growing, even though it is under new management. The event gave companies a chance to make contact with new customers.
by Jay F. Marks Published: October 4, 2013
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The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo is still growing, even though it is under new management.

This year's one-day show featured more than 350 exhibitors, filling the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park under the guidance of the Committee for Sustaining Oklahoma's Energy Resources.

The committee was formed this year after Oklahoma's Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells was merged into the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.

Chairman Ronnie Irani said this year's expo featured about 30 percent more space, but there still wasn't enough room for everybody.

“It fills up very quickly,” he said. “We have a long waiting list.”

Irani, CEO of RKI Exploration and Production, said the expo brings the full spectrum of the oil and natural gas industry together.

“Everyone can come in and show their technology or safety equipment. It resonates very well.”

Irani said the expo, now in its 17th year, helps bridge the gap between large companies and their smaller counterparts by making it easier for them to share innovations.

“We're trying to make it where it's one industry,” he said.

Texas-based Bell Supply Co. was a first-time exhibitor at this year's expo, billed as the largest of its kind in Oklahoma. The company offers a full range of oil-field services.

Bell's Ben Crowell said the company was hoping to broaden its reach in the Oklahoma market, which includes four of its 31 locations across all active shale plays. Bell has operations in Enid, Elk City, Pawhuska and Ratliff City.

“We're here to serve the oil and gas industry,” he said.

The WellMark Co. is a regular at the expo, but the Oklahoma City equipment manufacturer opted for a larger presence this year as it unveiled some new products.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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